Bible Verses about Friendship

Bible Verses about Friendship

Bible Verses about Friendship - Scriptures on the Value and Meaning of Friends

Friendship is truly one of God's blessings to mankind. With honest and wholesome friends, we can better endure the hardships of life and rejoice in the wonderful moments. However, we must know how to choose friends and how to be a good friend ourselves. Thankfully, we can look to the Bible for guidance on friendship.

Friendship in the Bible

God's Word provides a wealth of wisdom about friendship that we can learn from and be inspired by. Scripture says that quality beats quantity for friends as Proverbs 18:24 tells us "A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."

The Bible regularly declares the importance of good friendships and warns us of the consequences of "bad company." Let us "encourage one another and build one another up" enduring the trials of life together (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

Discover the best Bible verses about friendship in this collection of scripture quotes!

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Proverbs 18:24-25 NIV

24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Read Proverbs 18

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Read Ecclesiastes 4

John 15:12-15 NIV

12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

Read John 15

Proverbs 27:17 NIV

17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Read Proverbs 27

Proverbs 17:17 NIV

17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Read Proverbs 17

1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV

11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Read 1 Thessalonians 5

1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV

33 Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."

Read 1 Corinthians 15

Job 6:14 NIV

14 "Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

Read Job 6

1 Peter 4:8-10 NIV

8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.

Read 1 Peter 4

Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Read Hebrews 10

Proverbs 16:28 NIV

28 A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.

Read Proverbs 16

Proverbs 22:24-27 NIV

24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, 25 or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared. 26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; 27 if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.

Read Proverbs 22

John 15:12-14 NIV

12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

Read John 15

Proverbs 12:26-27 NIV

26 The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. 27 The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.

Read Proverbs 12

Proverbs 27:6-9 NIV

6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. 7 One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet. 8 Like a bird that flees its nest is anyone who flees from home. 9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.

Read Proverbs 27

Proverbs 13:20 NIV

20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

Read Proverbs 13

Proverbs 17:9 NIV

9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

Read Proverbs 17

Luke 6:31 NIV

31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Read Luke 6

Romans 1:12 NIV

12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith.

Read Romans 1

1 John 4:7 NIV

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

Read 1 John 4

John 15:15 NIV

15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

Read John 15

Proverbs 22:11 NIV

11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.

Read Proverbs 22

Colossians 3:12-14 NIV

12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Read Colossians 3

Romans 12:10-11 NIV

10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

Read Romans 12

Galatians 6:2 NIV

2 Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Read Galatians 6